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Introduced with Armed Assault version 1.001.00Arguments of this scripting command don't have to be local to the client the command is executed on
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Returns the value of variable in the variable space assigned to various data types. All available data types combinations:
Primary syntax (String) Alternative syntax (Array)
When variable is set on a Task, it is not actually set on the task itself, but on the FSM attached to the task.
If there is no FSM, getVariable will not work.
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In the case of Alt Syntax usage in Arma 3, defaultValue will be returned if:
  • Requested variable is either undefined or nil
  • Variable namespace is null (objNull, grpNull, etc.)


varspace getVariable name
varspace: Namespace, Object, Display, Control, Group, Location, Task, Team Member, Display, Control
name: String - variable name that was defined in setVariable
Return Value:
Anything or Nothing if the variable doesn't exist

Alternative Syntax

varspace getVariable [name, defaultValue]
varspace: Namespace, Object, Display, Control, Group, Location, Task, Team Member, Display, Control
name: String - Variable name that was defined in setVariable
defaultValue: Anything - Value to return if variable doesn't exist
Return Value:
Anything - current value of the variable or defaultValue if the variable doesn't exist.


Example 1:
private _variable = myTruck getVariable "myVariable"; // returns nil if "myVariable" is not set
Example 2:
private _variable = myTruck getVariable ["myVariable", 50]; // returns 50 if "myVariable" is not set
Example 3:
Set damage of car0..car5 to 0: for "_i" from 0 to 5 do { _car = missionNamespace getVariable ("car" + str _i); _car setDamage 0; };
Example 4:
myMissionVar = 2015; missionNamespace getVariable "myMissionVar"; // returns 2015
Example 5:
WARNING when using dynamic default values as they always get evaluated: missionNamespace getVariable ["var", 123 call fnc_abc]; // fnc_abc is called every getVariable even if "var" is defined
Example 6:
Get current value of a variable and if it is undefined, define it and get the defined value:private _var = missionNamespace getVariable "varName"; if (isNil "_var") then { missionNamespace setVariable ["varName", 123]; _var = 123; }; // _var here will contain current value of the variable varName

Additional Information

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Posted on August 13, 2016 - 17:13 (UTC)
NOTE: Arma 2 ONLY! In Arma 3 this will return default value: Warning: the alternative syntax returns undefined when the varspace is an object and that object is null. Example:
_test = objNull getVariable ["test", "0"]; systemChat _test; Errors because _test is undefined. Tested in A2OA 1.63.131129
Posted on August 31, 2017 - 03:29 (UTC)
You can do typechecking using param: private _myVar = [player getVariable "myVar"] param [0, "", [""]]; and params: [player getVariable "myVar"] params [["_myVar", "", [""]]];

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